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Squash with Mushroom-Kale Ragout Detox Recipe for Cancer Prevention

March 13, 2011


Are you ready to try a delicious detox recipe? It can help you lose some weight and prevent cancer and heart attacks.

Kabocha squash is rich in fiber and beta-carotene which we need for a healthy heart and eyes as well as natural weight loss and cancer prevention.

Kale is rich in vitamin C, K and A to boost immunity, prevent cancer, reduce inflammation. Kale reduces risk of more than five different types of cancers including breast and ovarian cancer. it is also a detox vegetable to help our body get rid of toxins.

I would like to share with you this super healthy Roasted Kabocha Squash with Mushroom and Kale recipe by Anissa chef Anita Lo from www.wallstreetjournal. com

Squash with Mushroom-Kale Ragout Detox Recipe

  • 1 pound Kabocha squash, stems and seeds removed, cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepperSquash with Mushroom-Kale Ragout Detox Recipe
  • 2 cups wild mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup Tuscan kale, stems removed and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 sage leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4-cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Brush squash slices with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange squash on a baking sheet and roast until a knife easily pierces the thickest part, about 20 to 25 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan on high. Once hot, swirl in 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil just begins to smoke, add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium-high and cook until mushrooms start to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add vegetable or chicken stock and boil for 1 minute or less.
  • Stir in the kale, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add a splash more stock, butter and stir to emulsify. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Take off heat and add sage.
  • To serve, spoon the mushroom-kale mixture over the roasted squash. Top with grated cheese.

Bon Appetit!


Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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Butternut Acorn Immunity Booster and Weight Loss Detox Soup

November 10, 2008


Are you ready for Cold and Flu Season? 

Are your ready to prevent holiday weight gain?

I would like to share with you this Butternut Acorn Soup Recipe for weight loss, detox, and as a natural immunity booster.

There are at least eight reasons you should make our cold and weight fighting soup recipe right now!


8 reasons to make Butternut Acorn Soup

  • Parsley is rich in vitamin C (several times  the vitamin C of citrus), vitamin A (one of the highest sources), and chlorophyll which help to fight cancer, boost metabolism and immune system). Parsley is helpful for all kidney and urinary difficulties, strengthens the adrenal glands and teeth, helpful for ear infections
  • Squash is rich in vitamin A (an important antioxidant which can boost your immune system and fight inflammation)
  • Cilantro acts as a herbal cleanse detox – it helps in the chelation of heavy metals such as mercury and leadimmunity booster weight loss detox
  • Dill, also acts as a detox cleansing herb and helps remove stagnation, and protects against free radicals and carcinogens; it is also rich in Calcium and Magnesium which help reduce stress, bone loss (especially after menopause) and promote sleep
  • Turmeric (because of curcumin) is rich in antioxidants which fight/prevent cancer, boost immune system, reduce inflammation (helps with menstrual problems, toothache, bruises, rheumatoid arthritis); it is also helps with detox cleansing of the liver
  • Onion is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, chromium and vitamin B6. It reduces inflammation,prevents cancer,  lowers blood pressure and cholesterol which helps reduce risk of heart  attack and stroke; it also lower blood sugar and insulin levels which is beneficial for diabetics. And, of course, it fights common cold
  • Carrot is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene/vitamin A, which protects against cancer; it also treats ear infections, night blindness, earaches; it benefits our skin, helps reduce inflammation, helpful for digestive problems (indigestion, heartburn, excess stomach acid) and urinary infections. Carrots, rich in fiber, help with constipation.  Carrots can be also used as an easy detox vegetable to improve liver functions. Did you know that carrots heal burns and stop bleeding if you cut yourself in the kitchen?
  • Olive oil is one of the best vegetable oil. Did you know that it has been consumed for more than thousands years? Try always to buy, cold pressed extra virgin.It also makes a wonderful facial by itself or an addition to any home-made mask.

Homemade Butternut Acorn Soup Recipe

  • 2 – 3 pounds butternut or acorn squash
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream to taste
  • turmeric
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro / parsley / dill or all above

Mash roasted butter or acorn squash. Saute onions and carrots in olive oil for 10 minutes. Mix squash with sautéd vegetables, add vegetable stock, salt and  pepper to taste, and a dash of turmeric. Process all ingredients in a food processor. Sprinkle every serving with cilantro / parsley/ dill and add a tsp. sour cream.  You can serve this healthy Thanksgiving vegetable soup recipe for your family with Thanksgiving Dinner.

Bon Appetit!


Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Counselor and Coach

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